Message from the District Office Dr. Michael Evans, Assistant Superintendent
Take a moment and think about the last time you learned something new. Maybe it was how to ride a motorcycle, tie a tie, do algebra, or program your DVR. Chances are you weren’t successful on your first attempt. It is quite likely that you…. FAILED! I know. Nobody likes the word, but it is an important part of learning and of life. This may make more sense if I give you a personal example.
I come from a family of BBQ fanatics. Every summer I would spend a month or two with my grandparents in Kentucky and enjoy the wonderful world of pulled pork. My granddad would drive me out to a roadside stand where the tourists would be afraid to stop, and we would pick up the best BBQ shoulder I’ve ever had. But with the passing of my grandparents, my summer trips came to an end and with it, Woody’s BBQ shoulder.
It was years before I made it back to Kentucky for a visit and as luck would have it, my cousins had BBQ! It was wonderful. They had taught themselves to BBQ and competed regularly in whole hog contests. I managed to get a few basic techniques and recipes from them (because I was family) and headed home to try my hand at real BBQ. That’s what brings us back to the subject of failure. I failed. I failed often and repeatedly. If there was a way to make tough, dry, and otherwise inedible BBQ, I found it. But I didn’t give up. I kept failing, learning and failing again until I figured it out. Now, I’m proud of my ribs, pulled pork, and chicken. But I’ve never been able to match Woody.
So why didn’t I throw in the towel? A lot of it has to do with what Carol Dweck calls a growth mindset. A mindset is a belief – a belief about your most basic qualities like intelligence, talent, and personality. People with a growth mindset believe these things can be developed through practice, perseverance, and effort. Someone with a fixed mindset views these attributes as carved in stone: fixed and unchangeable. It was a growth mindset that allowed me to learn from my many failures but to never think or believe that I was a failure. Failure was simply part of the process.
Monett R-1 Food Service Helen Wink, Aramark Food Service Director
“We thrive to ‘Create Experiences That Enrich and Nourish Lives.”
Monett R-1 School District's 2015-2016 school year has some exciting new changes in our Food Service Department: new menus, new colors, and many more selections for middle school and high school students. Our goal is to encourage every student to eat a healthy, appetizing, and filling lunch which, in turn, keeps the mind focused and involved.
Our team has started this new year with changes to our Monett Elementary and Central Park Elementary School cafeterias; both sites have been given exciting new colors and new menus. Each location has been transformed into Aramark's elementary dining platform, Cool*Caf, which features nutritious menu items and fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Food Service Department has been receiving positive feedback about the new look and the new menu choices.
Monett Intermediate and Middle Schools and Monett High School cafeteria staff have implemented new menus, giving students more sophisticated flavor combinations and creative twists on all of their favorites while keeping healthier initiatives in mind.
We look forward to many exciting challenges and changes to come throughout the year, and we appreciate the encouragement and feedback from students, staff, and parents.
Monett Middle School Dr. Jonathan Apostol Principal
As you may have noticed, construction at the MIS/MMS campus is complete! The FEMA shelter is new, and hopefully, many have seen our new gates that assist with the closure of Ninth Street during school hours. On behalf of the school district, I would like to thank our city council and mayor for the passage of local bills to assist us with student safety at the MIS/MMS campuses. Their collaboration with MODOT and the school district has enabled us to close the street from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and prohibits parking on streets surrounding the campus from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As part of the new procedures, educating parents and community is an essential piece to changes in traffic patterns. Parents were informed through various channels, and videos were made available (and still are) for parents to understand where to drop off and pick up their students. Parent cooperation has been very successful as students are being dropped off south of the gymnasium before school. This procedure was needed to reduce the amount of congestion on Ninth Street. Additionally, parents have reduced congestion after school when they pick up their student south of the gymnasium. This new procedure significantly reduces the amount of car and bus traffic at the end of the day. Feedback is also an integral part to the change process. Please take time to provide us feedback regarding the changes in traffic patterns. You can provide feedback by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/tk4fST
In the next couple of months, construction of a parking lot west of our campus will continue to ease congestion around the campus before and after school. As the parking lot nears completion, I will be educating parents of new procedures for student drop off and pick up. These procedures will continue to ease congestion after school while keeping students safe. Student achievement is a high priority at the MMS campus, and maintaining student safety helps us achieve our mission.
Upcoming Calendar Events Friday, September 4, 2015District - No School
Teacher Professional Development MHS - Girls Tennis with
MHS - Football with Lamar
Saturday, September 5, 2015 MMS/MHS - Cross Country at
Monday, September 7, 2015 District - No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 8 , 2015 MIS - 5th Grade Parent Laptop
Meeting #2 at 5:30 pm MMS - Volleyball at Avila MHS - 9th Grade Football
with Lamar MHS - JV Football at Lamar MHS - Boys Soccer at Carl Junction MHS - Softball with Lamar MHS - Boys Swim/Dive Team with
Parkview, Joplin, Webb City
and Nevada at Monett YMCA MHS - Girls Tennis at Bolivar
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MIS - 5th Grade Parent Laptop
Meeting #2 at 8:30 am
Thursday, September 10, 2015 District - Ribbon Cuttings and
Grand Opening Celebrations at
MMS FEMA Shelter/Cafeteria and
and MHS FEMA Shelter/
Performing Arts Center MIS - 5th Grade Parent Laptop
Meeting #2 at 8:30 am MMS/MHS - Cross Country
at Seneca MMS - Football at East Newton MMS - Volleyball at Lamar MHS - Boys Soccer at
McDonald County MHS - Volleyball with Neosho